100+ Art Quotes to Inspire and Motivate Your Creative Spirit

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Art has inspired the human soul for eons! From ancient cave paintings all the way through modern-day emojis, digital art, and everything in-between, art plays an increasingly huge role in life. We’ve collected and created 100+ art quotes to inspire your creative spirit. Some of the quotes are from our own iCreateDaily for Creators members!

We are all about empowering creators and creativity at all levels and degrees of progress. Because we know this truth:

“Everyone has the capacity for greatness and creativity. It is a human condition worth applauding.”
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Quotes can be like mantras, invocations, affirmations and a pep talk from the universe. Like any tool, these art quotes help, if we put them to use.

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Art Quotes for Creativity Prompts

We’ve hosted six creative challenges throughout 2019 and each challenge we used art quotes and quotes that inspired creativity. Instead of technical art prompts (which are great too), we chose an intuitive art approach.

Intuitive art through using quotes and conceptual prompts helps a creator spark their own ideas and develop from the inside out. You can read more about intuitive art and how it can increase your creativity here.

Art Quotes for Creative Block

We all get stuck from time to time. So if you are looking to kickstart your creativity, scroll through the art quotes below and see which catches your eyes or heart, the create!

One of the best ways to get over creative block is to just start making something. Don’t worry about perfecting your art, editing it, or where you’ll share it. Fear, perfectionism, and worry are a trifecta that will crush your inner creative spark.

100+ Art Quotes for Inspiring Creativity

“My experience says that if you put out a lot of personal work that’s good, it tends to attract high dollar commercial work. But to be clear – I don’t create art to get high dollar projects, I do high dollar projects so I can create more art.”
~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive, as featured on Forbes.

“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.”
~ Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University

“To seek beauty is our nature. To create beauty is to align with the universe, and be transported.”
~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®

“An artist has only 2 choices: make excuses or make art.”
~ Shane Mehlinga freelance writer and editor who plays in noiserock bands

To create is to align with the creator.”
~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

“The best camera is the one that you have with you!”
~Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive

“I think the role of the artist is, is to take whatever it is they believe in and put it out there so the public can see it.”
~David “Lebo” Le Batard, Cuban-American fine artist and graphic, digital, murals, live painting, and sculpture

“Creativity is the new literacy.”
~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.”
~Tony Robbins, coach, entrepreneur, visionary, thought leader

My need, my job, my purpose, my goal, my hope… isn’t to do good art. It’s to do my art.
~ Lynne Hundley – artist, retired pastor

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”
~ Marc Chagall, Russian-French transdisciplinary artist

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”
~Carrie Fisher, American actress, writer and comedian

“Overcoming fear and conceiving this ‘art of more’ should be a fundamental practice in what it is that you do and make.”
~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive

There are three responses to a piece of design – Yes. No. and WOW! Wow! is the one to aim for.”
~Milton Glaser, American graphic designer & entrepreneur

Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.”
~Jason Mraz, American singer-songwriter

I try to take every disadvantage as an advantage.
~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.”
~Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born novelist, poet, translator and entomologist

My aim is to show the visible as possibility in a state of perpetual becoming.”
~Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor, artist specializing in experimental optical & kinetic art

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money.”
~Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.
~Pablo Picasso, famous multi-disciplinary Spanish artist, 1881-1773

“For me, imperfections turn out to be a path to freedom. Once I’ve “ruined” a project, I don’t have to worry about doing it perfectly anymore. I can just get on with it.”
~ Lynne Hundley, artist, retired pastor

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
~Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter

All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”
~ Bob Ross, American painter, art instructor, and television host

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar

Most people die before they are fully born.
Creativeness means to be born before one dies.”
~ Erich Fromm, German social psychologist

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image. Because the painting has a life of its own.”
~Jackson Pollock, American painter

“Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci, Italian polymath of the Renaissance

I paint my flowers so they will not die.”
~ Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
~ Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

To create is to bring forth love… to conceive it, to birth it, nurture it, raise it up and release it to a life of its own.
~ LeAura Alderson, co-founder, iCreateDaily.com

Art is a subset of creativity.”
~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive

“It is not a torment to be an artist. It is a privilege.”
~ Louise Bourgeois, American-French artist

“To be great, art has to point somewhere.”
~Anne Lamott, American novelist and non-fiction writer

“Being an artist… a lot of what it really means is trial and error. Trying things that don’t work… that’s how you learn.”
~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian

“My goal as an artist is to create art that makes people look at the world in a different way.”
~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian

“Art is an instrument for peace and creativity.”
~Yaacov Agam, world-renowned kinetic artist, born 1928, Israel

“To touch art is to touch the mind; to touch the mind is to touch a life.”
~ J. David Arnold, PhD, professor of psychology

“Art, when inspired with love, leads to higher realms. Love art, and that art will open for you the inner life.”
~Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master

It is the artist’s privilege to turn any effort into art.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Portfolios are everything, promises are nothing. Do the work.”
~Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive

“Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.”
~Philip James Bailey, English Spasmodic poet

“Art touches the soul… art is communication… it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing.”
~Nina Baldwin, Author

“What is art? Nature concentrated.”
~Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright

“Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up. It may be dark, but that’s what comes up. You may want to keep some of it in a drawer… but never judge it.”
~Nick Bantock, British artist and author

“Art is the stored honey of the human soul.”
~ Theodore Dreiser, American novelist, and journalist

“The veracity of ‘art for art’s sake’ is more accurately expressed as ‘art for our sake.”
~Che Baraka, American mixed media artist

Art begins with resistance, at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
~ Andre Gide, French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
~ Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist

Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.”
~Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali, Indian polymath, poet, musician and artist, 1861-1941

Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail.”
~Julia Cameron, American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist

A picture is a work of art, not because it is ‘modern,’ nor because it is ‘ancient,’ but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling.”
~John F. Carlson, Swedish-born American Impressionist painter

“The purpose of art is to bring people into presence.”
~Jim Carrey, American actor

“What was any art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself?”
~Willa Cather,  American writer

“Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.”
~ Jacques Barzun, American historian

Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else.
~Marc Chagall, Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin

In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption.
~Raymond Chandler, American-British novelist, and screenwriter

Art for art’s sake.
~Victor Cousin, French philosopher

The artist’s sanctum is a sacred space where healing occurs. Pains are released in drops of color and waves of sound, springing joy to life from infinity.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too.
~Annie Bevan, Scottish visual artist, sculptor, and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art

I believe art is foremost for the artist who creates it. You do it for your soul, and if the rest of the world gets something from it, that’s a bonus.
~Marion Boddy-Evans, visual artist

Art is a meeting between self and soul. Each time the conversation is different.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®

The history of art is the history of revivals.
~Samuel Butler, novelist, – b.1835 d.1902

Art, in all its forms, is the true history of the world.
~Gavin Calf, visual artist

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
~Isaac D’israeli, British writer and scholar

Art is a necessity – an essential part of our enlightenment process. We cannot, as a civilized society, regard ourselves as being enlightened without the arts.
~Ken Danby, Canadian painter

Art is the idealization of the real and realization of the ideal.
~Francois Delsarte, French musician and teacher

Don’t worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that’s creativity.
~Peter Max, American artist known for using bright colors

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
~Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, 384 – 322 BC

Art does not lie down on the bed that is made for it; it runs away as soon as one says its name; it loves to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what it is called.
~Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor

All art, whether it pleases us or not, helps to add color, excitement, joy, or sadness and, most often, a sense of awe to our life’s experience.
~Henry O. Dormann, American author

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
~Jacques Barzun, American historian

Art can lead you to God. I think that’s the purpose of everything. If it’s not doing that, what’s it doing? It’s leading you the other way. It’s certainly not leading you nowhere.
~Bob Dylan, American musician, singer, songwriter

The artist who creates in sacred silence enters a deep meditative state and is transported to a timeless place that fuels the spirit and kindles the heart to create love into art.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily.com

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Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.
~Jean Cocteau, French poet, writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American writer

Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.
~ Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, consultant in early childhood education

When we are immersed in the creative flow we open our hearts and minds.   It is intrinsically healing.  When we tap the Source within we open a channel of inexhaustible inspiration.
~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist,  founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com

Art is too important not to share.
Romero Britto, Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor

A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.
~Stephanie Perkins, American author

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time.
Martha Graham, American modern dancer and choreographer

Art is just a pigment of your imagination.
-Tony Follari, comedian

“Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.”
~Aristotle, Greek philosopher and scientist

I think, I feel, I create, therefore I am.
~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian

Art is an affirmation of life.”
~Trevor Bell, English Leeds-born artist and contemporary visual artist

“All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man.”
~Bernard Berenson, American art historian specializing in the Renaissance

“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”
~ Alfred North Whitehead, Anglo-American mathematician & philosopher

“There is no must… no should… no right way. The artist is free to create whatever he or she is compelled to create.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

The creative process is actually one of the most powerful things we can possibly do to help the world.
~Dana Lynne Andersen, artist,  founder-AwakeningArtsAcademy.com

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.
~Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, writer, and producer in film, theatre, tv and radio

Creatives are often empaths, hyper sensitive to pains of others, and of society. Immerse in your art to nurture your heart and visualize love in the making.”
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

“Don’t waste your time criticizing your work or that of others. Observe what you love and just do more of that.”
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

“Art is an expression of my truest self.”
~Cindy Trippe Wentworth, visual artist, creator, writer

“Art unites people everywhere.”
~Karen Akers, visual artist

“Art is The ability to take what is in my mind, heart and soul and let it come out through my hands creatively.”
~Barbara Franke, visual artist

“Art is my inner soul in a tangible form.”
~Shannon Billings Schofield, beekeeper, homsteader, poet, writer

“Art is feelings in a different form.”
~Stacey Lynne Stewart, visual & digital artist

“Art is where I explore and learn about the real me.”
~Ann Richard, writer

“Art is the utmost communication. There is no language barrier in Art.
It is a bouquet of flowers for your soul.”
~Kathy Jewell Tomasek Raabe, writer, crafter, creator

“I am visually presenting myself to the world through art.”
~Katrina Morrison, creator, gardener, artist, crafter

“The truest self-expression, art percolates from the soul and is the result of the bravest of humans wrenching it out and hanging it up to dry for the rest of the world to contemplate.”
~ Paige Eaton, visual artist

“Art is the material manifestation of ethereal connections, shared by all people.”
~Tyler Clawson, podcaster, podcast producer, visual artist

“The freedom to create what lies within your soul.”
~McCollonough Ceili, artist, writer, crafter, creator

“[The arts] are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
~Kurt Vonnegut, American writer, author, 1922-2007

“Art for me is a form of nourishment.”
Andy Goldsworthy, British Sculptor, b.7/25/1956

“We need to first be limited in order to become limitless.”
~Phil Hansen, author, self-taught pro artist, overcame physical limitations

After having gone from a single approach to art, I ended up having an approach to creativity that completely changed my artistic horizons.
Phil Hansen, author, self-taught professional artist, overcame physical limitations to create new styles of art

SOURCE: Phil Hansen keynote for Adobe

When you learn to work within the constraints of what is, you discover access to new realms of creativity, where each open door to explore, leads to more.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®

Artists are alchemists of the medium of emotions.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder – iCreateDaily.com

“Turn your demons into art, your shadow into a friend, your fear into fuel, your failures into teachers, your weaknesses into more reasons to keep fighting. Don’t waste your pain. Recycle your heart.”
~Andréa Balt, writer, author, entrepreneur, author

Nothing will satisfy you more than creating your world, than making a life from the song of your heartbeats.
~~Andréa Balt, writer, author, entrepreneur, author

“In the particular is contained the universal.”
James Joyce, Irish novelist, poet, 1882-1941

“Flowers are the music of the ground from earth’s lips spoken without sound.”
~Edwin Curran, American poet, railroad telegraph operator, born 1892


Compassionate creators are often crushed by
the bad in the world.
Don’t fight in the fray of the masses.

Create instead.

Leave the drama and crossfires to others.
Your creative soul is not here for that.
Creators are guardians of the heart.

Create beauty.

Birth beauty and love into being
through your art… through your work,
To create from love is to have more love.

Create Love.

~LeAura Alderson,

Create the life you want to live, one day at a time.

The Day is the Way.


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